Kelcey developed an interest in art in her early childhood. In the third grade she
made a paper mache pig and painted it with large yellow daisies. From that day
forward her life would never be the same…she began drawing everything! Kelcey’s
formal art education started in high school, where she was chosen to student teach
in the art department. She attended the Art Institute of Florida and countless
continuing education classes throughout the years, most recently studying with
Trish Harding at Studio UFO in Bellingham.
Kelcey has an early artistic background in water colors, with a passion for charcoal
figure drawing and more recently painting with soft pastels and oil paints; she finds
spontaneity and vibrancy with these mediums lends itself well to her landscapes,
still lifes, portraits and random smatterings of whimsy.
Kelcey won the “Image Award” from the Allied Arts of Whatcom County 2007 juried
competition for the La Bella Strada Festival. The piece chosen was the image used
on all the marketing materials for the La Bella Strada Festival of 2008. Her work
has been accepted in NW Pastel society juried shows, “Unclad” 2005, 2006, and
2008, and in “Brushes with the Land” 2006 and 2007. Her work has also been
displayed in countless coffee shops and restaurants in Bellingham and Edmonds
as well as appearing in the Solovei Art Gallery of Everett and “Gallery by the Bay”
in Stanwood. Her work is in private collections in California, Washington, Singapore
and New Zealand.
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